Days of Palestine – Jerusalem
The Associated Press investigated the death of veteran Al Jazeera reporter, Shireen Abu Akleh, and reported that the probe findings reinforce assertions from both Palestinian authorities and Abu Akleh’s colleagues that the bullet cut her down came from an Israeli gun.
AP said that its reporters visited the location where Abu Akleh was killed on the edge of the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank and listened to eyewitnesses and examined available photos and videos.
The AP reported that its interviews with 5 Palestinian eyewitnesses corroborate an analysis by the Dutch-based Bellingcat research group indicating Israeli forces were closer to Abu Akleh and had a better line of sight, which makes it more likely that Israeli soldiers will target her.
The agency indicated that multiple photos and videos were taken on May 11 morning showing Israeli army vehicles located at the end of an alleyway, and Shireen Abu Akleh was located at the opposite end in a clear line of sight with Israeli occupation soldiers.
AP added that this footage shows the reporters and other bystanders in real-time taking cover from bullets fired from the direction of the Israeli occupation military convoy.
Meanwhile, Brian Dooley, Senior Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, said the ICC has two documents on the assassination of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, which have been submitted to the court for investigation.
Dooley explained in an interview with Al Jazeera that one of the documents was submitted by the International Federation of Journalists. “The court must decide on the petitions submitted and whether they will consider them or not,” he said.
Al-Jazeera said the Israeli occupation forces assassinated Shirin Abu Akleh “in cold blood and with live bullets while she was doing her job.”
The probe conducted by the Palestinian Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Palestinian Institute of Forensic Medicine revealed that Shirin Abu Akleh was killed by a bullet that hit her behind the left ear and that the type of bullet is used only by the Israeli occupation forces.